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Las Vegas Grandparents Rights Attorney

The love between a grandparent and their grandchildren is a strong bond. Grandparents typically support their adult children and their grandchildren and there are often times when the grandparent becomes the primary caregiver of their grandchildren. However, when the relationship between a grandparent and their child deteriorates, grandparents sometimes do not get to see their grandchildren as much as they would like. In these situations, grandparents often wonder what rights they have.

Unfortunately, grandparents have limited rights in Las Vegas, except for in very specific situations. Still, if you are a grandparent, this does not mean you do not have any rights at all. Below, our Las Vegas grandparents rights attorney outlines what they are.

Do Grandparents have Visitation Rights?

As with most legal questions, the answer to the above question is that it depends. Grandparents have very limited rights to visitation but they may be able to exercise visitation rights in the following scenarios:

  • One of the child’s parents is deceased,
  • The child’s parents were never legally married but they cohabitated and now the parents are separated or one of the parents is deceased, and
  • One of the parent’s parental rights have been terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily

Can Parents Refuse Grandparents Visitation?

In most cases, parents can refuse grandparents visitation. The court will start any case involving the visitation rights of a grandparent with the presumption that the parent or parents are making decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child. The burden of proof is then on the grandparent to show that this is not true and that visitation with the child is in the child’s best interests.

Carefully Consider Taking the Matter to Court

Being denied visitation with your grandchild is extremely frustrating. Some people act irrationally and do not waste any time in taking the matter to court. While this may be in the child’s best interests, it is something you must consider very carefully.

When you take a custody and visitation issue to court, you are filing a lawsuit against the child’s parents. This will likely only cause further friction between you and your child and may negatively impact any time you currently have with your grandchild. Filing a lawsuit against the children’s parents can also be very damaging for your grandchild, as they may feel as though they are being pulled by two different sides.

Even still, there are times when a lawsuit may be necessary, such as if you believe your grandchild is in danger. It is always important to speak to an attorney who can advise on your case, and whether it is worthwhile to file a lawsuit.

Our Grandparents Rights Attorney in Las Vegas Can Protect Yours

While it is true that grandparents are not afforded many rights in Nevada, that does not mean you do not have any. At Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices, our Las Vegas grandparents rights attorney can inform you of your rights and if necessary, help you exercise them. Call or text us now at 702-878-1115 or chat with us online to request a consultation.

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